Almshouse (noun)

A charitable institution for the maintenance of the poor, usually providing housing and sometimes also food and other necessities of life.

Origin:

Middle english, from old english ├Žlmeshus, from ├Žlmes (alms) + hus (house).

Examples:

  1. The almshouse provided housing for the poor.
  2. During the Middle Ages, almshouses were established to provide for the elderly and infirm.
  3. He lived in an almshouse for the last years of his life.
  4. Almshouses were often built by wealthy individuals as a way to fulfill the religious obligation of charity.
  5. The almshouse was the only option for homeless people in the city.
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